This is my 1st interview with a mom-owned business owner in a series of interviews I will be doing on personal growth. It was super fun to sit down for coffee with the amazing Keri Elliott! She is a fabulous coffee roaster and I just met her a bit ago through the MOB (Mom Owned Business) group here in Beaverton, Oregon. My first impression of Keri was awesome when I met her at one of the meetups. I knew I had to talk to her because she was passionate about coffee and all that she does. I admire her for having the courage to step into creating her own coffee roasting company.
Keri started her business just this year and she has grown so much since then. I had the honor of asking her a few questions about her experiences. Here’s my interview with her:
What’s awesome right now?
Meeting someone like you (so sweet!) Gaining momentum and meeting people in the MOB.
What’s been your biggest challenge?
Trying to do everything all at once- book-keeping, roasting and more! If I would be able to clone myself, that would be great. That’s what a startup is like.
What advice would you give to someone deciding to start out in business/a new venture?
Research and practice. I started with a cheap $6 air popper. Start small. Learn and embrace the process. Really educate yourself. Learn the behavior of the beans and how they roast. Take everything day by day.
Who is your best support?
Family and friends are my biggest support & my co-workers. People that care about me are going to support me the most.
If you feel fear, how do you step past it?
When I put my mind to something, I go full force. There can be a person that can say “you can’t”, I take the “I can’t” into “I can” and turn it into something. You have to say “F-it” and keep going and doing what you do best.
What’s the scariest growth step you’ve taken so far?
Stepping out of my comfort zone. In order for you to know that you’re growing, you have to get out of your comfort zone. At my first MOB meetup I got this vibe that there’s a special group of women here. You have to make that move and you may rise or fall but you at least have the experience to look back on it.
Why did you decide to invest in yourself?
It was time for me to do something, because it got to a point in which I was investing in everyone else- my family and others. I knew I had an entrepreneurial spirit. I knew I wanted to do something with coffee. I’m at a point where it’s time to follow my dream and follow my passion.